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General’s in grip of snake and snoozing (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

asleep

'snoozing' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'general's in grip of snake' is the wordplay.
'general' becomes 'lee' (Robert E. Lee - US revolutionary commander).
'in grip of' is an insertion indicator.
'snake' becomes 'asp' (asp is a kind of snake).
'lee' going inside 'asp' is 'ASLEEP'.

'and' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for asleep that I've seen before include "Inattentive; numbed", "Resting unconscious", "Dozing", "Slumbering", "out like a light?".)

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